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Billed as a "special cockTAIL reception," guests at the Nov. 15 event at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion got to have their picture taken with a live cheetah.

The event, called SPOTTED, was a benefit for the Little Rock Zoo and the Cheetah Conservation Fund. The cheetah was on loan from the Columbus (Ohio) Zoo's Ambassador Animal program.

First lady Susan and Gov. Asa Hutchinson greeted guests as they entered the mansion. Other animal guests included a turkey vulture, a parrot and a penguin. The program began with brief remarks by Lisa Buehler. The first couple also spoke of the importance of supporting the Little Rock Zoo.

"A capital city needs a quality zoo to be a go-to place," the governor said. "It's our zoo. The only accredited zoo Arkansas has is our zoo, and we need to support it."

Gallery: SPOTTED “special cockTAIL reception"

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High Profile on 12/01/2019

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